Troubled Boxer Tyson Fury Gives Up His Titles To Focus On Recovery
The fighter has been battling depression...
Wythenshawe-born boxer Tyson Fury has has voluntarily vacated his WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles to focus on his health.
The 28-year-old has recently tested positive for cocaine, a substance he claims to have taken in a bid to deal with his depression.
In September, Fury withdrew from a rematch with Ukrainian fighter Wladimir Klitschko, whom he had already beaten in Dusseldorf last year.
In a statement, Fury explained his decision to vacate his belts:
“I won the titles in the ring and I believe that they should be lost in the ring but I’m unable to defend at this time and I have taken the hard and emotional decision to now officially vacate my treasured world titles and wish the next-in-line contenders all the very best as I now enter another big challenge in my life which I know, like against Klitschko, I will conquer.”
“I feel that it is only fair and right and for the good of boxing to keep the titles active and allow the other contenders to fight for the vacant belts that I proudly won and held as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world when I defeated the long-standing champion Wladimir Klitschko.”
Fury has also taken to Twitter on to share a video documenting his many triumphs and controversial quotes:
U may take everything I worked for but all I can say is I told u so. pic.twitter.com/EQvlwQhQMq— GYPSYKING (@Tyson_Fury) October 13, 2016